George V was the King of the United Kingdom, the British Dominions and the Emperor of India from 6 May 1910 until his death in 1936.

King George V (1865-1936), taken when he was Prince of Wales. George V reigned from 1910 to 1936. Photo from Bains News Service, c.1908. Image: Ian Dagnall Computing / Alamy Stock Photo.

King George V (1865-1936), taken when he was Prince of Wales. George V reigned from 1910 to 1936. Photo from Bains News Service, c.1908. Image: Ian Dagnall Computing / Alamy Stock Photo.




He was also the Colonel-in-Chief of five Cavalry regiments, including the King George’s Own Lancers in the Indian Army. These Lancers were joined by Punjabi Rajput Muslims like the Tiwana Horse group.

The King Emperor as Colonel-In-Chief, Lancers, Indian Army, 1914. King George V, 1865-1936 in military uniform during the First World War. From The War Illustrated Album Deluxe, published 1915. Image: Hilary Morgan / Alamy Stock Photo

The King Emperor as Colonel-In-Chief, Lancers, Indian Army, 1914. King George V, 1865-1936 in military uniform during the First World War. From The War Illustrated Album Deluxe, published 1915. Image: Hilary Morgan / Alamy Stock Photo




The 19th Lancers is an armoured regiment of the current Pakistan Army. Before 1956, it was known as 19th King George V’s Own Lancers, which was a regular cavalry regiment of the British Indian Army. Formed in 1922 when the 18th King George’s Own Lancers and 19th Lancers were joined. On Partition of India in 1947, the regiment was allotted to Pakistan. During WW1, the regiment was sent to France with the Indian Cavalry Corps and participated in the Battles of the Somme and Cambrai.

Indian cavalry await the order to advance on the Somme, 1916. Image: Courtesy of  National Army Museum

Indian cavalry await the order to advance on the Somme, 1916. Image: Courtesy of National Army Museum




18th King George’s Own Lancers near Mametz, Somme, 1916. Image: Courtesy of  National Army Museum

18th King George’s Own Lancers near Mametz, Somme, 1916. Image: Courtesy of National Army Museum